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“Any time you get the chance to play, it’s fun,” said Virginia Tech quarterback Logan Thomas (3), “but we all know that we needed the bye.”
Florida State’s Nick O’Leary (left) is tackled by a pair of Clemson defenders Saturday. FSU is No. 2 in the first BCS standings. Three other ACC teams, including Virginia Tech, are in the top 15.
Monday, October 21, 2013
BLACKSBURG - With a rare fall Saturday off, Virginia Tech quarterback Logan Thomas took in a little football, but not much. Watching the game on TV, without the perspective of the entire field that he's accustomed to in the film room, just isn't the same.
It was a third straight day off for the Hokies, which was needed, considering their physical state. But given the way No. 16 Virginia Tech (6-1, 3-0 ACC) had been playing, with six straight wins, it wasn't wholeheartedly welcomed.
"Any time you get the chance to play, it's fun, but we all know that we needed the bye," Thomas said. "A lot of us were banged up. ... I think all of us in general are just happy to be back at it. Sometimes you can be away from it a little bit too much."
The Hokies had Thursday through Saturday off, reconvening Sunday to begin their regular preparation for Duke (5-2, 1-2) with a light practice. They had Monday off and have their first full-scale practice today.
The rest was welcome for a team that had played seven straight weeks to start the season. Thomas, who was dealing with a foot sprain among other ailments, used the week to get healthy, adding that his "arm's back to being live again."
Even offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler, a football nut, got away from things a little bit ("Which is a surprise, because he doesn't do much of that," Thomas said).
He, like the others coaches, was out recruiting this weekend and kept his interaction with Thomas minimal. But he did send a text the quarterback's way during the Clemson-Florida State game Saturday night.
"He just said let's get prepared for the rest of this season because at the end of this thing, we can make it special," Thomas said. "I'm in agreement with that, totally, and we're excited to see where we can go from here on out."
Virginia Tech's game at Boston College on Nov. 2 will be a noon kickoff, the league announced Monday. It will be televised by ABC, ESPN or ESPN2, a decision that will be made by Oct. 27.
It will be the Hokies' fifth noon start this year.
Waiting on Exum
The Hokies will make a determination about cornerback Antone Exum's status later this week, although head coach Frank Beamer said the bye week helped the senior in his comeback from offseason ACL and bone fracture surgery. He's likely to make his season debut Saturday.
Cornerback Kyle Fuller doesn't see Exum's pending return changing much in the secondary.
"I think it can only make us better," he said. "He's a great player and when he gets back out there, I think you'll see how much better we'll be just from having an extra guy with his talent."
ACC all over the BCS
The ACC was well-represented in the first Bowl Championship Series rankings released Sunday night.
Florida State is No. 2, tentatively in a BCS title game matchup with No. 1 Alabama, but three other teams made the rankings: Miami at No. 7, Clemson at No. 9 and Virginia Tech at No. 14. In the top 15, the often-ridiculed ACC had as many teams as the SEC and more than the Pac-12 (3), Big 12 (3) and Big Ten (1).
"The last couple years, we've kind of lost our luster in their eyes," Thomas said. "And I think this year is starting to show that we still are one of the powerhouse conferences. ... I think the ACC has restored some power.
"Obviously we're still not looked at as the SEC or anything like that, but the way we've been playing lately, we've been fighting to get back to that type of stature."
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